MIAMI, Fla.- After working for two weeks in frigid temperatures and snow in the northeast, hundreds of Florida Power & Light Company's more than 1,000-strong workforce packed up their gear and headed south Monday.
The FPL employees and contractors were assisting 11 utilities from Virginia to New Jersey to restore power after the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, Hurricane Sandy, lashed the area. The crews will spend Monday night in Fayetteville, North Carolina before crossing the Florida border on Tuesday.
Sandy made landfall along the New Jersey coast on Oct. 29, bringing with it high winds and a large storm surge that caused significant flooding and extensive power outages for more than 6.5 million customers in several states.
The FPL employees, who started heading north on Oct. 28, have spent the majority of their time assisting utilities in New Jersey, one of the hardest hit areas and have restored power to approximately 50,000 homes and businesses. Their journey home will take more than two days.
Approximately 125 FPL workers are still working in the Northeast to continue restoring service to those without power.